Upper Montecito Village's proximity to the mountains make for a magical feel. When I first drove through here by accident, I was mesmerized by the prettiness. There is deep green grass everywhere, wonderful tall trees, and the breathtaking mountains, that seem greener here than in Santa Barbara.
Montecito Library occupies a cute historic house. The kids section is a cozy room with windows all around. Next door to the library, walk around El Montecito Presbyterian Church with its gorgeous Spanish architecture, archway, and fountain that kids enjoy. There is plenty of grass everywhere for kids to run around. Listen for the bell chimes!
Most of the shops and restaurants are found along East Valley Rd, where it meets San Ysidro Rd. On the northeast corner is Pierre Lafond Market and Deli where you can sit by a blue tile and brick fountain under European-style trees and have a cup of tea. Next to it is a corner park with some benches and boulders under trees by a fountain. On the northwest corner is Montecito Coffee Shop in its red wooden building with white trim. Like most of Montecito, this isn't a very fun area- people are serious and guarded.
For special occasions, dine in style at Stonehouse Restaurant, a romantic spot four minutes north, at San Ysidro Ranch. You can dine indoors by the fireplace or outdoors on their ocean view terrace. Enjoy their fancy drink menu!
While here, check out Manning Park, another magical spot. There is a toddler playground and another area with pine trees and grass from heaven.
Stop and say a prayer in the little prayer room at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, a delightful Southwestern-style church with an abundant cactus garden.
You can also visit a house built by George Washington Smith, Casa del Herrero, though the docent-led tour is too long.
For a beautiful hike very nearby, check out San Ysidro Trail.
For more shops in Montecito, check out Coast Village. For a cute curved beach, check out Miramar Beach, at the other end of San Ysidro Rd.
I love the blue of this brick fountain outside Pierre Lafond Market and Deli. The tree is cool too!Learn More
Exit Highway 101 at San Ysidro Rd and head toward the mountains. Turn left on East Valley Rd and park immediately in one of the shopping areas.
Pierre Lafond Market and Deli, 516 San Ysidro Rd, Santa Barbara CA 93108, call (805) 565-1504.
Last Updated: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 01:50:27 GMT